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4/7/08 - Monday in the Parks - News, Photos and Tips

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by , 04-07-2008 at 03:59 AM
Well folks, Happy April. Easter has passed, but crowds are still large at the Southern California Theme Parks due to many schools getting Spring Break in April, don't expect the crowds to get lighter until the end of the month.

Gene Autry to be honored today as the sixth inductee in the Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars

April 7th, at 2 PM near the Pedestrian Entrance/15 minute Parking lot on Harbor Boulevard, Gene Autry will become the sixth recipient in the Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars. Jackie Autry, the widow of Gene Autry is scheduled to attend.

Julie Andrews to make an Appearance at Disneyland on Tuesday

Julie Andrews will be at the park to sign her new book, "Home: A Memoir of My Early Years".

Will the signing will be held from 1 to 3 PM, it will be very hard to actual attend due to logistics. First off, The Disney Gallery sold special Hotel Packages that quickly sold out, and are guaranteed a wristband to attend the signing, supposedly this will take up the majority of available wristbands.

The few wristbands that will be available to the general public will be handed out early in the morning. The table, which will be near the Disneyland Guest Services windows is scheduled to open at 7 AM, and they expect the line to start much earlier. If you do plan an early morning arrival, when you arrive, be sure and check with a CM as to where the line has started, more than likely it will be outside the World of Disney side of the Security Checkpoints, but it might be in a different location. Also, you cannot bring your own copy, you must buy a copy on Tuesday at Disneyland.

Julie Andrews is also scheduled to reveal the return of Jingles, who took a break from King Arthur Carrousel for refurbishment on Tuesday.

Disney's California Food and Wine Festival starts Friday

Friday April 11th starts 3 and a half weeks worth of special events, mainly at Disney's California Adventure Park. While many of the events are free, on a first come first serve basis, there are also "Signature Events" which require reservations and do cost extra. At the link below, you can register for these events. But some have already sold out, and many others are close to selling out. Also available at the link below is the daily schedule of events.

Items in the News

The main Disneyland related story in the news is the proposed changes to "it's a small world" that was originally reported on by Al Lutz in late February. The story has created a lot of discussion in the Disney Internet fan base, and the Main Street Media.

This last week was no different, National Public Radio did a 4 minute report on it, including interviews with Mary Blair's son and Al Lutz, multiple newspaper articles, and even an editorial regarding the changes from the Los Angeles Times.

The Walt Disney Company decided to respond by having an open letter written by Marty Sklar sent to a few websites.

But in response, the Re-Imagineering Blog, one of the first websites to pick up on Al Lutz's story, got comments from current and former Disney/Pixar employees, who are against the proposed changes.

Looks like the story will keep on being in the news for the foreseeable future.

Along with the "small world" editorial that appeared in the Los Angeles Times last Saturday, they also did a seperate editorial in regards to Disney's California Adventure Park.,732586.story

Of course, this harsh editorial, has gotten the Internet stirred up. Here is a nice brief response to the editorial from the folks over at Blue Sky Disney.

Brady MacDonald from the Los Angeles Times reported the three "Chief Magical Officer" finalists last night. They are David “Blooper Reel” Hawley of California, Justin “Adventurosity” Muchoney of Pennsylvania and Tripp “Radio DJ” West of Georgia.

The three will be going to WDW in the next week or so to start the finalist process. More details can be found in his article at the link below.

The Orange County Register reported this week that more stores have signed leases with the new Anaheim GardenWalk, whose Main Mall area is scheduled to open May 31st. You can find the list of the recently signed stores at the link.

Universal Studios Hollywood's version of the new Simpsons Ride is now on schedule for a May 17th opening, after approving overtime and other related construction costs. Brady MacDonald at the Los Angeles Times did get a "Hard Hat" preview last week.

Last, but not least, Photos from last week.

Here are some selected photos from

Work is progressing nicely for the new Cold Stone Creamery, which will be part of the Park Vue Inn, located right across the street from the Main Disneyland Pedestrian entrance.

Some of the first baby ducks for the Spring have arrived at Disneyland

The Carrousel reopened last weekend after a major refurb

Even though it has been a week since its official closing, the attraction sign remains up, but no sign advising of its closure.

This Refurb wall is covering part of Grizzly River Run at DCA, but the ride is open and operating normally

Behind the wall, they are just working on the Pelton Wheel structure

The new emergency egress bridge, designed in case the Grand Californian Hotel needs to be evacuated has been unveiled on the DCA side of the bridge.

Andy Castro over at Dateline Disney ran a photo recently of the main "temporary" entrance to Innoventions, showing a large patch of missing paint on this door. The patch remained for months, but was finally repainted, and is looking much better.

Flowers are in bloom throughout the Disneyland Resort

Have a great week, and hope to see some of you this afternoon at the unveiling of the well deserved Star for Gene Autry.

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Updated 04-07-2008 at 04:43 AM by In the Parks



  1. WDWImagineer's Avatar
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    Another great entry.
  2. BC_DisneyGeek's Avatar
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    "The story has created a lot of discussion in the Disney Internet fan base, and the Main Street Media."

    I assume you meant mainstream media, unless Disney started their own newspaper and I didn't hear about it?

    Thanks for the updates!
  3. Walt's Girl's Avatar
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    Thanks for including links to the different views on the IASW debate. My mind isn't quite made up about the whole thing, and it was nice to get some different viewpoints. The rest of the entry was great, as usual!
  4. DonDuck's Avatar
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    Better than reading the morning paper!
  5. headkaes's Avatar
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    Another great update! I for one am reserving any judgement on IASW until I see the final product. It just seems like everyone's getting their undies in a bunch unnecessarily (at least for now). Especially when all we have are rumors an hearsay. But, if we get some sketches or spy photos and we don't like what we see, then yeah, I'm all for reading them the riot act. Until then, I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds when I paraphrase Ratatouille's Anton Ego, "After reading a lot of overheated puffery about IASW, you know what I'm craving? A little perspective. That's it. I'd like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective."

    Thankfully, the writer's here at MiceChat have shown more than than their fair share of perspective. That's why I so look forward to reading their posts each week. Thanks again all!
  6. disney jones's Avatar
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    just want to say i look forward to your column each week. thanks!
  7. mariezp's Avatar
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    Excellent update and photos as always. Thanks for all your hard work.

    I have a question about the return of Jingles that maybe someone can clarify for me. I read elsewhere that Jingles would be be dedicated to Julie Andrews. I thought Jingles was supposed to be Lillian Disney's favorite horse so it seems only appropriate that Jingles would have been dedicated to her long ago. Forgive me if this is a stupid question but just how does Julie Andrews tie into Jingles?
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    yay, more baby ducks!!!
  9. SoCalUW's Avatar
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    That is PHENOMENAL that the Innovations door was repainted so quickly after the picture posted last week. Sure, it coulda just been a coincidence, but I doubt it.

    Way to go, again, Miceage!
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    Love the photos of the ducks and the flower in bloom.
  11. 's Avatar
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    Nice update again DB. Your detailed list of information about IASW is very much appreciated. Now you have me thinking about the CMO events next week. It should be interesting to see how this contest pans out.